• Carnegie Science Center will be open on July 26 from 9 am – 4 pm.

Field Trips

Peirce SkyWatch Scholarship
Peirce SkyWatch Scholarships are available to qualifying schools for field trip experiences that include a planetarium show. Call 412.237.3400, the press 7, for more information.

Buhl Planetarium Shows

Shows are available for group bookings Monday through Friday. Add a show for just $2 per person!

Talk with us about which shows are available on your selected date. Register early for best selection!

For Our Youngest Astronomers


The Sky Above Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Content themes: Astronomy, Solar System
Explore familiar objects in the sky with Mister Rogers and your favorite characters from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.
25 minutes
Grades: PreK–2
Anchors: S4.A.3.2, S4.A.3.3, S4.C.1.1, S4.C.2.1. S4.C.3.1
Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

Content themes: Astronomy, Space Exploration
Based on the popular children's show Sesame Street®, this cross-cultural planetarium show provides an introduction to astronomy as Elmo and his friend, Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from the Chinese production of Sesame Street, go on an exciting adventure to discover the Sun, Moon,and stars. At the end of the show, Big Bird, Elmo,and Hu Hu Zhu pick a friendship star.
30 minutes
Grades: PreK–2

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Zeke's Dazzling Sky

Content themes: Solar System
Join Zeke, the friendly alien, as you look closely at the daytime and nighttime skies and sing songs about the weather, stars, and rainbows.
25 minutes
Grades: PreK–2
Anchors: S4.A.3.1, S4.A.3.2, S4.A.3.3, S.4.C.1.1, S.4.C.2.1
Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

The Little Star That Could

Content themes: Solar System, Stars & Galaxies
Learn about the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars as you try to discover the identity of a very special yellow star.
30 minutes
Grades: 1–3
Anchors: S4.C.1.1, S4.C.2.1, S4.C.3.1, S4.D.1.1, S4.D.1.3, S4.D.2.1
Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 3.8

Circus in the Stars

Content themes: Solar System, Stars & Galaxies
Using the Big Top as the backdrop, tour the constellations. Watch as major seasonal star patterns are transformed into their circus counterparts. Learn about the structure, formation, and life cycle of stars as you discover their familiar in the night sky.
30 minutes
Grades: 3–6
Anchors: S4.A.3.2, S4.A.3.2
Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 3.4



General School Programs


Cosmic Collisions (New!)

Content themes: Time, Space, Gravity, Stars & Galaxies, Solar System
This show illustrates that cosmic collisions are a universal force of nature, both destructive and creative. Dynamic and dazzling, they have created many things we take for granted—the glowing Moon, the sun’s warmth and light, our changing seasons, waves washing up on a sandy shore. They’ve ended the age of the dinosaurs and changed the very map of the cosmos, reforming galaxies and giving birth to new stars and new worlds. Cosmic Collisions provides an unprecedented and extraordinary view of these catastrophic and constructive events that have shaped our world and universe.
23 minutes
Grades: 4–12

Stars Over Pittsburgh

Content themes: Celestial Patterns, Solar System, Stars & Galaxies, Regional Science
Take a guided tour through the current night sky. Students will learn how to locate the planets and constellations in their own back yard, as well as the phases of the Moon. It’s a dazzling, up-to-the-minute display of the cosmos.
35 minutes
Grades: 3–12

Grades: 3–6 Level One
Anchors: S.4.A.3.2
Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 3.4

Grades: 7–9 Level Two
Anchors: S8.D.3.1
Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 3.4

Grades: 10–12 Level Three
Anchors: S11.D.3.1, S11.A.3.2
Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 3.4

Astronaut

Content themes: Space, Gravity, Human Body Systems, Technological Designs
The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor the humankind has ever undertaken. Discover what it takes to be a part of this incredible journey and what it takes to become an astronaut. Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut, explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, and discover the perils that lurk in space.
25 minutes
Grades: 4–8

Beginners Guide to the Universe

Content themes: Solar System, Stars & Galaxies
Using the stunning graphic capabilities of the Buhl Planetarium students will take a guided tour of the night sky and travel beyond our solar system and even beyond our own Milky Way Galaxy to the farthest reaches of our cosmos.
30 minutes
Grades: 3–6
Anchors: S4.A.3.2, S4.A.3.2
Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 3.4

Far Out Space Places

Content themes: Solar System, Space Exploration
Students will go on a virtual vacation as they witness extreme destinations like the Mariner Valley on Mars, experience the winds of Neptune, and visit the original lunar landing site of the Apollo astronauts.
30 minutes
Grades: 4–12
Anchors: S4.A.3.1, S4.A.3.2, S4.A.3.3, S4.C.1.1, S4.C.2.1, S4.C.3.1, S8.A.3.1, S8.A.3.2, S8.A.3.3, S8.C.1.1, S8.C.2.1, S8.C.3.1, S8.D.1.1, S8.D.3.1, S8.A.2.2, S8.A.2.1, S11.C.1.1, S11.C.2.1, S11.C.3.1, S11.A.3.1, S11.A.3.2, S11.A.3.3, S11.C.1.1, S11.C.2.1, S11.C.3.1, S11.D.1.1, S11.D.3.1, S11.A.2.2, S11.A.2.1
Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 3.7, 3.8

Infinity Express

Content themes: Space, Gravity, Stars & Galaxies, Solar System, Technological Designs
Infinity Express will take your students on an exciting journey of discovery through space and time. The show touches on recent exploratory missions and the future of space exploration, the search for life – both in the present and past – in our solar system, exoplanets, and stellar evolution. Audiences will get a taste of mapping and understanding galaxy clusters, witness galactic interactions (collisions), and the search for the nature of dark matter.
25 minutes
Grades: 5–12

IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System

Content themes: Solar System, Space Exploration, Stars & Galaxies
Students will join scientists who are investigating the boundary between our Solar System and the rest of our galaxy as they get an in-depth look at the mission and how NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) space probe is collecting high-speed atoms to create a map of our Solar System's boundary.
30 minutes
Grades: 7–12



Special Programming


The Buhl Planetarium now offers a number of programs that can make full use of our amazing dome and immersive projection technology to explore a wider range of educational topics!

Cosmic Colors: An Adventure Along the Spectrum (New!)

Explore the entire electromagnetic spectrum as you discover the many reasons for color – like why the sky is blue and why Mars is red. Take a tour within a plant leaf and journey inside the human eye. Investigate x-rays by voyaging to a monstrous black hole and then back at your doctor's office. You will even see the actual color of a dinosaur – based on recent evidence. Get ready for an amazing adventure under a rainbow of cosmic light!
30 minutes
Grades: 5–12

Flight Adventures (New!)

Explore the entire electromagnetic spectrum as you discover the many reasons for color – like why the sky is blue and why Mars is red. Dreams of flying, model aircraft, and a young girl and her grandfather come together in this multi-media planetarium show about the science of aeronautics. Learn about famous inventors and aviators of the past and the pioneers who first revealed the 4 forces of flight. See images of aircraft past, present and future and imagine where flight might take us.
25 minutes
Grades: 3–5

Navigating with Lewis and Clark

Content themes: Stars & Galaxies, Navigation, History
Go along on the first great scientific expeditions of our young nation as we explore how Lewis and Clark used both the day and night sky to find their way in the wilderness. Students will learn about the patterns of Earth's movement, rotation, and revolution, as well as historical facts about Jefferson's great vision.
30 minutes
Grades: 4–9
Anchors: S4.A.3.1, S4.A.3.2, S4.A.3.3, S4.B.3.1, S4.B.3.3, S4.C.1.1, S4.D.1.2, S4.D.1.3, S8.A.2.2, S8.A.3.1, S8.A.3.2, S8.A.3.3, S8.B.3.1, S8.B.3.3, S8.C.1.1, S8.D.1.2, S8.D.1.3
Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.7, 3.8, 7.1, 7.2

The Christmas Star

Content themes: Stars & Galaxies, Solar System
As you watch this holiday tradition and decide if the wondrous star shining over Bethlehem two thousand years ago was an astronomical event, students will learn about the structure, formation, and life cycle of stars and discover the familiar patterns of stars in the night sky.
25 minutes
Grades: 1–9
Anchors: S4.A.3.2, S4.A.3.3, S4.C.1.1, S4.C.2.1, S4.C.3.1, S8.A.3.2, S8.A.3.3, S8.C.1.1, S8.C.2.1, S8.C.3.1
Standards: 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.8, 7.1, 7.2, 8.4

The Haunting Halloween Sky

Content themes: Stars & Galaxies, Solar System
Discover the myths and superstitions of this ancient astronomical holiday while exploring the night sky and the universe for your favorite ghosts and goblins.
30 minutes
Grades: 4–12